Life at College never seems to slow down! Term Two has begin with the start of the Winter sports season, parent teacher interviews, two Julius parent functions and the Senior production West Side Story.
First, a huge thank you to Murray and Tonia Salt for opening the doors to their stunning Sumner property a couple of weeks ago for a Julius parent function. You are wonderful hosts, and Rheon and Kynan were awesome! Thank you so very much for your hospitality. It was wonderful to see a great bunch of parents there too, keeping alive the Julius spirit!
And well done to the Julius boys who were in West Side Story! It was an absolutely outstanding production, and it was great to see several Julius boys up on the stage, demonstrating huge talent.
You may be interested to know about several initiatives we are currently running in the House:
The leadership team met in Week One, and are due to meet again next week. This is an excellent forum for the boys, myself and the Assistant Housemasters to discuss how things are going, and to make plans for the future. The boys on this committee have had several excellent suggestions.
Unfortunately we cannot set up a basketball hoop outside the House, near the Chapel. Instead, we now have Mondays and Thursdays as gaming-free days in the House, and have booked out the gymnasium every Monday lunchtime for a run around for Julius boys only. On Thursdays the prefects take the boys for games on Upper.
We are about to begin a table tennis competition and a pool competition between year levels in the House. We have a staff team entered in the competition. Peter Cooper and I are feeling confident about our pool competence, but we may be shown up a bit at table tennis!
The history of Julius House is important, and to help our students feel a sense of that we are doing several things. We are updating our Honours Boards in the House, and getting three new ones made – those Julius old Boys who passed away in WWI, in Vietnam, and one made up with the names of the nine Housemasters since 1909. We are also getting a book made up which lists all of the Julius boys who received Sports and Cultural colours, and academic prizes over the years. Finally, we are getting the last 20 years of Julius House photos framed and hung on the wall, and a big picture of Bishop Julius hung on the stairs.
We have begun to clean out the small room at the very top of the house, and will use it as a quiet study room for students. No gaming, no talking!
And of course we are still accepting ideas for our new motto. We have received a great deal of feedback to date, so if you would like to contribute an idea, please send it in to me. By the end of this term I will have put together a short list which I will then circulate amongst the wider Julius community for feedback. In particular the Julius Old Boy community seems quite interested in this, which is wonderful.
Please remember to get in touch with me if you have any concerns or suggestions, or just want to talk about your son. I am always happy to talk with parents about how things are going.
We haven’t yet locked in the date for the annual quiz night which will take place in Term Three. But it is coming, so get ready!
Thank you very much